July 25, 2022
Dear Starr Families,
On June 15th, at the Richmond Community Schools Board Meeting, I was approved as the new principal of Starr Elementary School. I am honored to have the opportunity to lead a school with such resilient students, an extremely dedicated staff, and a supportive school community. I feel very fortunate to be part of this school and to serve the students, staff, and families.
My family originally moved here when I was very young, so I have grown up in the Richmond Community Schools family. Through my years at Garrison Elementary, Test Middle School, and Richmond High School, I was blessed to have learned from the amazing teachers that teach here. My husband, a graduate of Centerville High School, and I live here in Richmond. When I am at home, we enjoy playing games and spending time with the many different animals with whom we share our lives.
Professionally, I have spent my life dedicated to the education and well-being of the students at Starr Elementary. I began my journey as a Cross Categorical Teacher in 2001. Then I spent the next 18 years teaching the amazing students of Starr in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. In 2020, I was blessed with the opportunity to become the Instructional Coach at Starr, which I have been doing until this past school year. When I was asked to step into the role as the new principal of Starr, I was deeply honored. I am thrilled to bring my skills as an educational leader to Starr Elementary School and to work with you as a partner in education to ensure your child's success.
In my career, I have learned from many educators and leaders. To me, education is a life-long process and I am sure that I will continue to learn from all of our students, and you, this year and in the years to come. Most importantly, I bring a belief that students are at the center of all school-related decisions. I am excited to unite my experience, my openness to learn, and my child-centered approach to support our students.
I’m thrilled to be serving our students in this new role. It is going to be a great year!
Mrs. Melissa M. Jordan